socal locals: want to be a carlsbad ballperson?


If you’re interested in tryingout for a ballperson spot for this summer’s WTA Tour Stop in Carlsbad — that’s the Mercury Insurance Open — read on for more info. The event’ll be held at the La Costa Resort and Spa July 30 – August 7, 2011.

Full release: after the cut…


Tryouts Scheduled For 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at La Costa Resort and Spa

Carlsbad, Calif. (June 17, 2011) – The Mercury Insurance Open Presented by Tri-City Medical Center is looking for individuals to serve as ballpersons during the July 30 – Aug. 7 women’s professional tennis event, at the La Costa Resort and Spa.

The Mercury Insurance Open will conduct an on-court tryout for prospective ballpersons at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at the resort. Attendees are asked to sign in at the registration table located in the parking lot just west of the tennis courts.

“It is a very unique and positive experience to be a ballperson at a Premier Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event like the Mercury Insurance Open,” said Raquel Giscafre, Mercury Insurance Open tournament director. “No one else on the court has a better view of the action than the ballpersons. You really get to experience and enjoy a different perspective of women’s professional tennis.”

According to Giscafre, a strong group of ballpersons is vital for a successful tournament as they help matches to flow smoothly by working as a team on the court. The ballpersons are directed by long-time tournament volunteers Ron Marquez and Saundra Cima.

“The ballpersons play an important role during all of the matches and their dedication certainly doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Giscafre. “When Lindsay Davenport won this tournament in 1998, she thanked and shook hands with each and every ballperson during the award ceremony. It left a lasting impression on everybody… especially the ballpersons.”

The session is open to experienced tennis players ten years old and above. Those selected to serve as ballpersons will be asked to work qualifying matches scheduled for Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, plus two additional days during the main draw, Aug. 1-7. For more information regarding the ballperson tryout, please contact Marquez at sdballkids at

The field for the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open will be highlighted by two-time defending US Open champion and reigning Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters, former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic and other WTA stars including Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Kirilenko, Flavia Pennetta, Melanie Oudin, Coco Vandeweghe, Julia Goerges, Anna Chakvetadze and Yanina Wickmayer.

Individual tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, July 30 to Aug. 7 at the La Costa Resort and Spa. Reserved grandstand and box seat tickets, which range from $10-$125, are now available online at or through Ticketmaster at Tournament ticket packages are also on sale and begin at $70.


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